What is the name of your state? Alabama
I currently live in Georgia and have been here for 10 years. Prior to moving here I lived in Alabama for a very brief time. I'm usually very meticulous about my checkbook and keeping things balanced.
I received a letter in the mail today for a District Attorney in Alabama regarding a worthless check. This is the absolute first I have every heard of it. The letter has me extremely concerned. This is the letter verbetim:
Then it has the phone number, etc. Now..here is my dilemna. I never knew of a worthless check at all - this is the first I have heard of it. I haven't lived there in 10 years and for sure haven't written any checks there in that long or longer. I moved here in May of 96 and have been here since. I have been at this same address where this letter was received for 5 years. Do I have no recourse in this? Don't they have to show me proof? I am positive I never wrote a check for more than 100$ if even that. (Those were post college days and spending 25$ was a lot at the time.) So my question is, to me, this form letter is branding me a criminal and bascially bullying me into paying for something that I was unaware of. Do I have any legal rights in this? What is the statute of limitations for worthless checks in Alabama? I tried to look it up but couldn't find anything about checks specifically.This is to notify you that the Jefferson County, Alabama District Attorney's Worthless Check Unit holds a warrent for your arrest for NWNI (negotiating a worthless check).
Previous efforts to allow you to settle this matter were not successful, so your name has been entered into the Alabama Criminal Justice Information System. This system is connected to the National Criminal Information System. This warrant will show up on any criminal background check ran by potential employers, the military, certain graduate programs, such as nursing or law school, or during any criminal investigation.
If you wish to pay your case and accept deferred prosecution under Alabama Law, Act 140.20 No. 84-704 (which allows the warrant to be withdrawn), you may do so. However, if you are picked up on the warrant before making voluntary restitution, you will be jailed, and your case will be handled strictly through Jefferson County District Court. All additional fines and court costs will then be applied.
Thanks in advance for any advice you all can give. I'll be calling the DA's office on Tuesday to try to sort this all out so anything at all that would help me understand what is going on and if I have any rights would be very helpful.
Thanks!What is the name of your state?